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"The Great Book of Hemp brings together a vast amount of information on all aspects of this remarkable plant in an illustrated, entertaining, easily accessible format. Readers will learn the history of hemp cultivation worldwide and its role as a source of renewable energy and as a raw material for paper manufacturing. Lost in the political discussions about marijuana usage is hemp's versatility as a fiber and its many nutritional and medicinal uses. The Great Book of Hemp provides a comprehensive resource section with information on organizations involved in legalizing hemp, product suppliers, and an annotated bibliography." (Wisconsin Bookwatch)

"The engagingly written, well-illustrated reference book is a thoughtful contribution to the discussion of hemp.  The Great Book of Hemp makes a strong case for reconsidering hemp now!" (Thomas P. Healy, Branches)

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CURRENT AFFAIRS

“ Hemp is of first necessity of the wealth and protection of the country.”
--Thomas Jefferson

Hemp, Cannabis sativa, has been called man’s greatest plant ally. It has been worshipped as a source of spiritual enlightenment and a sustainer of human life, but until recently hemp’s amazing past was virtually forgotten. Once at the foundation of civilization’s economy, it was not until the twentieth century that hemp was outlawed. But hemp is back. Europe and Canada have lifted bans on growing industrial hemp and it has exploded onto the marketplace in a dazzling array of products: from jeans, sneakers, and lip balm to tree-free paper, fiber board, and insulation. With new technology it is possible to make anything from hemp that we now make from petroleum--including paint, plastic, and biomass energy.

In this illustrated, comprehensive guide, Rowan Robinson reveals hemp’s hidden history. He examines hemp’s role as man’s first fiber crop, its role in Hinduism and other world religions, and as the catalyst of cultural revolution in the 1960s. Robinson also exposes the prejudices and cover-ups behind the marijuana hysteria of the last fifty years.

Calling on contemporary studies, as well as ancient wisdom, Robinson makes an extensive analysis of the nutritional and medicinal uses of hemp and of its surprising potential to solve some of the world’s, most troubling environmental problems such as soil erosion, soil contamination, and deforestation. With a resource section listing the companies and organizations involved in the hemp renaissance, The Great Book of Hemp is your complete guide to the world’s most extraordinary plant.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Park Street Press (November 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892815418
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892815418
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #524,968 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Asheagle on October 5, 2007
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This is one of the most Informative works on the subject of Hemp that I have read in 20 years. I have been researching Hemp & Marijuana for over 40 years. To date this is one of the most educational compilations of information on the subject that I have found. If everyone in America were made aware of the information in this book, the insanity of the Hemp/marijuana war being waged in this country by overzealot/misinformed
Law Makers and Enforcers would end. Then we could begin building a Billion dollar industry that will save the countries farmers and the world would be a better place.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Alexander Doak on November 1, 2011
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I should have paid more attention to the reviews here. This book is mostly about marijuana, and not so much about Industrial Hemp. I was expecting the exact opposite. Also, the guide is not very thorough. A book ten times this size could be written on just growing hemp. While it may cover a wide range of topics, it does not go into any great depth. Maybe I just knew to much already about Hemp, and simply couldn't learn anything new from this volume...

It reads like an apologetic for 'stoners', which frustrated me personally because I have absolutely no interest in hemp for it's THC content. I'm 80% interested in the health aspects of hemp (primarily the live seed) and 10% interested in the mechanical/industrial uses of hemp. The last 10% is just because it's illegal.

According to the author nearly every religion started with people who were smoking weed, and nearly every person who's ever used hemp for any application also secretly smoked weed. Which is fine, great, whatever, it may all be true. I just got tired of the same message while trying to learn about nutrient content and decorticators.

I recommend this book for those interested in Marijuana. I don't recommend it for those interested in (Non-Marijuana) Hemp.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Annie Knutz on February 10, 2010
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Through my 20's & 30's I was "on the wagon" from marijuana 'cuz I was doing the church thing. It was the only thing I really regretted having to give up. I didn't miss cigarettes and alcohol was a good thing to learn to live without. I've always felt like marijuana is a tremendous gift from God. When my physicians prescribed narcotics for my chronic pain I decided it was time to try using my old friend, MaryJane, for relief. First thing I did was read everything I could get my hands on about MJ. This book is a Gold Mine of information. Of all the books, pamphlets and stuff on the internet I've read, The Great Book of Hemp was the most comprehensive and informative. Prohibition of marijuana is wrong in SO many ways. Since reading this book (over & over & over - the library finally recorded it as lost! I took it back and bought my own.) I am Excited to do what I can to help change the laws regarding marijuana. I think that if people who aren't familiar with MJ as a medicine or recreational intoxicant learned about it's many benefits, they too would see how ridiculous and EXPENSIVE it is to keep it as an illegal substance. The economic benefits that legalization would bring would not just save jillions of dollars in legal expenses it would ADD money to our government funds by way of taxation. I believe this book is a valuable tool to educate the public as they ponder whether or not to vote for or otherwise support legalization.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Christine Carey on January 24, 2007
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Very insightful,I had only learned the negative effects in school and growing up. This plant could really could really help heal our planet.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mad New Mexican on March 23, 2005
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This is an excellent starter for your search on important facts about hemp and its commercial uses. There are some medical notes in this for those interested. I had the money to purchase a million copies I would give them away. Ho hum. No mun! Please take the facts in this book real serious. No joking. This is a must read for all even you smart ass stoners.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B.Kazan on November 8, 2010
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I truly enjoyed this book not only for it's wonderful statistics, but also for it's explanation's into why this resource isn't being utilized. One of the more interesting facts was that did you know that hemp will produce 3X the amount of material in a acre crop than cotton would? Or how about that clothing makers have said for years that hemp is a much easier material to work with, and it;s more durable than most. One last fact, did you know that the oil produced from the hemp seed, and that it could be used in diesel engines as a bio-fuel?
Basically, this book contains a fountain of information that can be used in todays health and eco friendly world we live in today. So don't shy away just because you don't know a bunch about it, because this book will change that!
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This is a very interesting book on the many uses of hemp. I was expecting something more recent though. I did not check the date of when it was written, seems like late 90's. It makes very little reference or non at all to the products you can purchase online, or all of the activism that has been done through the web, as if the concept did not exist yet. Despite that, it is very informative and is definately worth checking out to get a good idea of what hemp can do. This plant has tremendous potential and this book just strengthens my belief in its amazing capabilities.
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